Hammertoe progressively worsens, so it’s essential to get early treatment. When hammertoe first develops, the structures in your toe are still flexible, and your symptoms are mild. The toe gradually becomes more rigid until it becomes fixed in a bent position.
The doctors at Kansas City Institute of Podiatry can effectively treat hammertoe with noninvasive therapies while the toe is still flexible. Once it’s inflexible, you need surgery to fix it.
Nonsurgical options include:
- Footwear: Switch to shoes with low heels and a toe box that accommodates your toes.
- Orthotic devices: customized orthotics to control muscle imbalance
- Splinting or strapping: realigns your toe
- Padding for corns and calluses: prevents irritation and pain
- Exercises: specialized exercises to stretch toe muscles
- Corticosteroid injections: reduces inflammation and pain
Early treatment for hammertoe is essential, so call Kansas City Institute of Podiatry or use online booking to schedule an appointment.